Ralph Haver’s design for the Barrows Furniture Showroom incorporated an innovative and unique structural system. Bowstring trusses and a unique 2x6 roof-decking system are left exposed within the interior spaces, creating a warehouse-like character. The subtle curvature of the roof was also unusual at the time of construction and foretold a shift towards a more sculptural Modern architecture that would come in the 1960s.
The Barrows Furniture Showroom is significant as an early example of the expressionist phase of Modern architecture in Tucson. It is also significant as the only known commercial work in Tucson of a master, architect Ralph Haver.